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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Mills View Post
    That's a 2,000 foot climb in what distance? The course plot makes it look completely vertical.
    It was somewhere around 3 miles. I was too busy trying to stay upright to pay attention to detail. I can tell you it was always in double digits, and mostly well into the >%15 territory. It was, by far, the most suffering I've ever endured while on a bike.
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    30 mile spin around the river in St. Paul:

    http://www.mapmyride.com/route/us/mn...28069658516386

    From mile 19 I was unsure of how to get to the bridge for the second river crossing...phone and Google Maps to the rescue. Yay Google!

    About 1:40 ride time....lot of trails and MUPs with traffic. Not my normal kind of ride but I wanted to do something different.


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    not my fastest, but an enjoyable ride on a beautiful day:

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    A PRETTY VIEW PIC!On vacation with my family in Denmark. Brought the comfort tourer (1985 Mustang) and found some neverending roads in the coastel area around Thy national park. And stayed for some pretty views by the sea.
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    AND HERE ARE SOME PICS!!! On vacation with my family in Denmark. Brought the comfort tourer (1985 Mustang) and found some neverending roads in the coastel area around Thy national park. And stayed for some pretty views by the sea.
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    Some friends and I went to the Tour of the Catskills yesterday, to spectate in the Devils Kitchen, a gruesome 1.7 mile climb that rises 1300' with a 14% average grade. At mile 45 in the race, this was a real heartbreaker for some. It was a lot of fun

    Part of my posse:


    Me and my bike, complete with cooler containing beer and cheese:


    Crazy Photographer:


    Same photographer, he seemed important. Taking in the limited view of the Platte Clove Valley:


    Floyd Landis. He ended up placing 11th (tie):


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    Wildlife here and there: a ginormous snapping turtle halfway across the road one day, a spindly red fox scampering across on another.
    Closest call yet this season on today's 45 mile loop. A van gave me the left hook and then stopped. Have I mentioned how much I love my Royal S front brake?

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    I'm sorry but I do not understand the above post. Is it supposed to be in English?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Mills View Post
    Is it supposed to be in English?
    Mein Deutsch ist nicht sehr gut, auch.

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    70 mile loop yesterday. A few views:






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    Fox River Trail, a trail that I have frequented this Summer. It runs for about 35 miles and connects to the 60+ mile Illinois Prairie Path, another portion of the 575 mile Grand Illinois Trail. Supposedly, Yorkville has been proposed to be included in the trail, which I will be excited for. I know it isn't as scenic as BBM's rides, but all those miles of dedicated bike trails have to count for something.

    A few old bridges in Batavia offer a pavilion and grill on a small island in the river.



    The trail is mostly paved, with approximately 1/4-1/2 mile of crush limestone and 3-4 miles sharing the road with light traffic.



    Smitty's on the corner usually offers some good food, in addition to the interesting paintings, but they are temporarily closed.

    Yes, the building in the painting does exist, though distantly, when peering around the corner.

    One of two big hills.


    The bicycle art just doesn't look appropriate next to the Native American statue.


    A couple more shots of the river.


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    Nice pics! Thanks

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    I had the pleasure of riding with BF-er jebensch today as he was visiting MA and was keen for a ride. We intended to ride the century option of the MassBike summer ride, but about 35 miles in we became awfully confused about the route, and then I got a flat, and then when we thought we had found the correct route and followed that for 10 miles or so, we realized we were on the loop back to the start! Did I say we got confused? A lousy queue sheet didn't help. We ended up doing a near metric century.

    But it was a beautiful day to ride and chat, and I had great fun. No pics of the pretty roads of central MA, but I did take some of the bikes:

    A shadowy pics of our bikes. Jesse was on his Gazelle Champion Mondial (which drew lots of positive attention), and I was on my Wes Mason (a mid-70s Brit builder):


    A better pic of our bikes:


    Jesse documenting the goods:


    Arty shot:


    Wes up close:


    Gazelle goodness:


    Post-ride daze:


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    Today I had my first ride with my 12 yo daughter. 17 miles or so in total at 85 degrees for the temperature. My heart rate probably never topped 90 and at times it was excruciatingly slow for me. But, then I had to stop and realize my daughter isn't into fitness but rather the freedom that comes with riding a bike. She takes in the sights and is never really in a hurry. It was a good lesson for me to slow down and enjoy what's around me once in awhile.

    I was on my late 70's PX10 and she was on her 82 Trek 610.

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    I did a ride o' brotherhood for a good friend who was recently dumped by his girlfriend. A slow ride down to the beach for beer, burgers and sympathy. He was on a Trek 8900 & I rode my Viscount Sebring. Sometimes, it's not about the bike or the ride, but the destination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scozim View Post
    Today I had my first ride with my 12 yo daughter. 17 miles or so in total at 85 degrees for the temperature. My heart rate probably never topped 90 and at times it was excruciatingly slow for me. But, then I had to stop and realize my daughter isn't into fitness but rather the freedom that comes with riding a bike. She takes in the sights and is never really in a hurry. It was a good lesson for me to slow down and enjoy what's around me once in awhile.

    I was on my late 70's PX10 and she was on her 82 Trek 610.

    Scott
    Sometimes it takes a new rider for you to slow down and enjoy the ride. 85? Great riding weather...

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    Another Awsome 'Sunday Parkways'.

    http://bikeportland.org/2010/08/15/s...ad/#more-37843

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    Quote Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
    I had the pleasure of riding with BF-er jebensch today as he was visiting MA and was keen for a ride. We intended to ride the century option of the MassBike summer ride, but about 35 miles in we became awfully confused about the route, and then I got a flat, and then when we thought we had found the correct route and followed that for 10 miles or so, we realized we were on the loop back to the start! Did I say we got confused? A lousy queue sheet didn't help. We ended up doing a near metric century.

    But it was a beautiful day to ride and chat, and I had great fun.

    Neal
    A super fun ride and had we known we needed a compass and sextant to complete the 100 mile figure 8, I'm sure we would've finished with strength. You forgot to mention the pulled pork and grilled mushrooms waiting at the finish!

    Looking forward to the next tour for sure.

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    A couple pics from a recent ride while on vacation visiting the folks. Will let you decide which country.

    Love my Colnago, even with the dork stem! It is my once-every-year-or-two holiday bicycle so haven't got around to buying a normal stem yet even though it is slightly uncomfortable.

    The "Caution! Cattle crossing" sign always cracks me because to me it reads "Caution! Crashing Cows"


    Typical scenery as you come into another tiny scenic village:


    Random windmill in another village:


    Stopped at the (Velorama) bicycle history museum in Nijmegen which was interesting. Mostly about the development of the modern "safety" bicycle design as currently widely used. Was surprised to see some early roller blades from the late 1800's! Maybe there really aren't any new ideas left in the world ...


    edited to add link to the museum.
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    I took some pictures on my way home from work this morning.

    Tiny car, big bike: (look at the wheels!)


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    The classic "3 speed in the park" picture






    Fantasy meets reality:


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    Quote Originally Posted by FstrMnky View Post
    A couple pics from a recent ride while on vacation visiting the folks. Will let you decide which country.

    Love my Colnago, even with the dork stem! It is my once-every-year-or-two holiday bicycle so haven't got around to buying a normal stem yet even though it is slightly uncomfortable.

    The "Caution! Cattle crossing" sign always cracks me because to me it reads "Caution! Crashing Cows"


    Typical scenery as you come into another tiny scenic village:


    Random windmill in another village:


    Stopped at the (Velorama) bicycle history museum in Nijmegen which was interesting. Mostly about the development of the modern "safety" bicycle design as currently widely used. Was surprised to see some early roller blades from the late 1800's! Maybe there really aren't any new ideas left in the world ...


    edited to add link to the museum.
    LOL Crashing cows! I love it.

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    Biddeford Pool- Maine Coast

    Took the Raleigh Super Course for a spin to the Maine coast today. Makes a nice 26 mi. round trip.
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    Quick 24 miles today on my blue Gitane and wearing my Gitane Renault team jersey in honor of Laurent Fignon today. Many of the folks on the GitaneUSA forums did the same thing to honor a great professional rider who rode Gitane's for his Tour de France wins.
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    Tuesday and Wednesday, it was 100+. Thursday and Friday, it was high 90's. Today - high 80's to low 90's. So, with a break in the heat we took a little spin out toward Livermore and back. When it was all said and done, we racked up ~80 miles and~3700 feet of climbing. It was a great day to be out, with some great folks. A little warm and a little windy, but a lot of fun nevertheless.

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